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Old 12-15-2011, 08:06 PM   #1
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The door that goes into my garage will not latch closed. The latch that hits the sticker plate is too low to lock into the closed position. When I slam it close I can just pull back open without twisting handle. If I lift top of door up up it latches close. Any ideas on how I fix the issue and raise the door up since the hinges are in a recessed location on frame.

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Remove one of the screws from the upper hinge that goes into the jamb and replace it with a 2 1/2" deck screw. When screwed in tight it should raise the door just enough.
If not, lower striker plate.

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The longer screw idea may work in most cases but trying to move the latch plate would be a mistake. Moving it that small an amount and the screws will not grab because there to close to the other screws holes
Instead A few swipes with a Dremel tool with a grinding stone in the latch hole will let the bolt drop in the hole.
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Any ideas if I don't have any power tools?
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The longer screw idea may work in most cases but trying to move the latch plate would be a mistake. Moving it that small an amount and the screws will not grab because there to close to the other screws holes
Instead A few swipes with a Dremel tool with a grinding stone in the latch hole will let the bolt drop in the hole.
Yes, without filling the screw holes with a putty and then drilling new screw holes, a little grinding on the plate would be better.
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You own a house and have no tools?
Time to go get some, ha it's Christmas go buy youself a gift.
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I have a drill. Nk need for other types it's a new house
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I have a drill. Nk need for other types it's a new house
Do you have a Philips bit and a long screw? Try the first suggestion. Usually works.
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I do. I am going to try that first thing tomorrow. Thanks

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